A monthly newsletter for our growing Conservatory Community
Share the Love this Valentine's Day
This Valentine's Day, indulge the senses at the Conservatory of Flowers' Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics,
an annual after-hour event that highlights commonly considered
aphrodisiacs from the Conservatory's permanent tropical
Guests will be welcomed
with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, paired with everyone's
favorite aphrodisiac, chocolate. Roaming docents will go into exuberant
detail on plant reproduction with a focus on the sex lives of orchids, and botanical love stories centered on vanilla. An accordion performance by Jasper de Tarr will permeate the glass house, while Fitzgerald and Guislain, a niche perfume house,will infuse the night with sweet aromatics. Delectable treats and libations will also be available.
Don't forget to
celebrate the natural wonders of the season with the latest series of
artistic illuminations on the Conservatory's iconic façade,
Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons. Transforming the Conservatory into
an elegant illuminated canvas of fall, winter and spring scenes, the
installation runs nightly through Spring 2018.
OCA Conservation Dinner
On February 24, 2018, the
Orchid Conservation Alliance offers its second annual benefit dinner and
lecture to help protect wild orchid habitats in places like Colombia,
Ecuador, and Brazil.
Franco Pupulin from
Lankester Botanical Garden in Costa Rica will talk "Conservation of
Sobralias, a Very Successful Group of Orchids". The evening
includes appetizers, dinner, wine, the conservation lecture and a live
auction of selected orchids. Entrance fee is $100 per person.
Stay tuned for Botanicals and Brews and Murder at the Conservatory!
Two of the Conservatory's
biggest after-hours events will return with a bang. Keep an eye
out for the 2018 line-up.
What's in Bloom?
nucifera, the coconut palm, is a long-lived palm that may grow up to
100 years. The coconut palm is native to the tropical islands of the
West Pacific and requires hot, moist conditions to grow. Coconuts are
buoyant and able to float in sea currents for long distances while
remaining viable and able to germinate upon arrival. For that reason,
coconut palms are often found along the coast and seaboard of tropical
Coconut palms are one of the most
widely grown and iconic palms in the world. The coconut palm has a wide
variety of uses and, in some cases, coconuts are considered survival
food. Coconut water is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorous,
proteins, and vitamins. Coconut meat has a large diversity of food uses,
including coconut oil. The coir can be used as a fiber to make rope,
floor mats, mattress filling, and fish nets. The leaves are
traditionally used to make baskets and roof thatching, while the trunk
is used to make furniture, houses, and even musical instruments.
Additionally, an alcoholic drink known as palm wine or Toddy is made
from the sap of the coconut palm.
Golden Gate Park closes many of its roads to all vehicle traffic.
$9.00 for Adults;
$6.00 for Youth 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID;
$3.00 for Children 5-11;
Free for Children 4 and under
Discounts available to all SF City and County residents with proof of residency.
The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.
Conservatory of Flowers is wheelchair accessible for bothmotorized and
non motorized chairs. Handicap permit parking is located at the east
side of the building and also on JFK Drive in front of the
Happy #Fogust! Join us for #FreeFirstTuesday next week sponsored by The Apothecarium and Kikoko. Our hours will be extended until 8pm with a food truck on hand starting at noon. Thank you for supporting our community and mission. ... See MoreSee Less